Resources for this Hill Visit’s Talking Points
As part of their Advocacy Toolkit, the AERA has a Handbook on Advocacy which provides a good introduction and overview to these visits.
You might have heard about discussions happening at a national level on harassment — this is one of the big issues that we want to bring to Congress. Here are some resources that are specific to what is happening on Capitol Hill:
- Karen Saxe’s Capital Currents post on Sexual Harassment in the Mathematical Sciences “offers info about what is going on in D.C.-based conversations in Congress, at NASEM, AAAS, NSF, and at the Department of Education that we should all know about.”
- ASBMB article Not One More Generation is a great summary of the recent NASEM report on Harassment in Academia.
- ASBMB hosted a Congressional Briefing to share the findings of the NASEM report with Congressional staffers, summarized in this article.
- As of 1/9/19, the government is still in a partial shutdown. From AAAS: “See coverage from Science and The Washington Post to learn more about how the government shutdown affects science.”
Stay tuned for the AWM’s response to Betsy DeVos’ recent proposed changes to Title IX, but in the meantime check out the AWIS Action Alert.
What We Do
The AWM brings together students and mathematicians from across academia, industry, and government to highlight issues of importance for women and minorities in STEM fields to our Congressional representatives. In small groups that include both students and professional mathematicians, you will get to meet with Congressional staff — and sometimes members of Congress — to discuss initiatives that impact our community.
The AWM’s mission includes encouraging young women to study mathematics and to support them throughout their career development. At these visits, we encourage members of Congress to support actions that
- expand STEM educational opportunities,
- support research funding,
- promote work/life balance, and
- create a welcoming environment.
This Matters to Us
- AWM Members have the opportunity to visit the Hill and meet with our elected representatives.
- Hill Visits offer a phenomenal networking opportunity, connecting women across the skill spectrum and at all stages of their careers.
This Matters To Congress
- We get to put a face on our community, bringing individual stories to those who write and vote on legislation.
- Congressional offices now see AWM as a valuable resource. Because of these visits, offices have turned to AWM for support on issues concerning women in math-related fields.